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 Whats the best AR 15 book?
kevinR  [Team Member]
12/1/2007 3:32:44 PM
Hello I am looking to buy the best AR 15 book that there is to have. I would like it to have pictures, diagrams, tells how to completely take the gun apart and put it back together again, and as a bonus how to sight the gun in and other useful little things. If you can please tell me the name of the book, author, the ISBN number on the book, and where I can buy one at. TIA. I was thinking about getting the book of the AR 15 by Patrick Sweeney but there is two versions #1 and #2 do I need both? Which one is better if I could only get one?
mLeong  [Member]
12/1/2007 10:42:46 PM
I have both of those by Sweeney and think they are both good books, lotsa interesting reading and Sweeney seems to be a pretty down to earth realistic guy. I wouldn't recommend them as a manual on how to take an AR apart and back though.
Southern_Cross  [Team Member]
12/1/2007 10:52:03 PM
As far as book on the AR-15 go...The Black Rifle and The Black Rifle II are bibles. But for what you're looking for you may want to go with something like the above or the Complete AR-15/M16 Sourcebook: What Every Shooter Needs To Know. I used it along with the GI A1/A2 manuals which cost next to nothing. Once I absorbed all the had to offer I bought Mastering the AR-15 by Lenny Magill on DVD. Its a good track for beginners. TBR reads more like a history book...I perfered TBRII...its a great companion to have.
skipsan  [Member]
12/1/2007 11:05:44 PM
I believe the best how-to books/manuals are those prepared and published by the USG for the M-16/M4. Several of those are downloadable from this site--see home page, lower left hand corner under "Documents". The price is right--FREE.
ahelplessnun  [Member]
12/1/2007 11:37:27 PM
Both "The AR-15 #1 and #2 by Patrick Sweeney are excellent if your gettin your feet wet. For more in depth, add "The Black Rifle 1 and 2, but expect to pay for those last two $$$$
MagicPussyCat  [Member]
12/2/2007 12:54:13 AM
You know what's odd is that on the cover of the AR15 book by Sweeney, there is a picture of an AR10.

Just sayin'.
redfisher  [Team Member]
12/2/2007 12:57:57 AM

Black Rifle II by C. Bartocci

The definitive reference for the AR15/M16.

Author is a member here and occasional contributor.




edit to add: BR2 is not a "how to build an AR" book, but is a historical reference 'must'
shrikefan  [Team Member]
12/2/2007 5:46:08 AM
The AR-15 Complete Owners Guide and The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide

By: Walt Kuleck and Clint Mckee

Both great books. $20 a piece
kevinR  [Team Member]
12/2/2007 5:37:51 PM
Thanks for the tips guys.
SD307  [Member]
12/2/2007 6:10:26 PM

Originally Posted By MagicPussyCat:
You know what's odd is that on the cover of the AR15 book by Sweeney, there is a picture of an AR10.

Just sayin'.


its not an ar10 its the RRA LAR-8 photo taken before the armalite lawsuit when it war called the LAR 10. BTW these are still not shipping yet but should be in about two weeks
Two-dogs  [Member]
12/3/2007 6:02:30 AM

Originally Posted By mLeong:
I have both of those by Sweeney and think they are both good books, lotsa interesting reading and Sweeney seems to be a pretty down to earth realistic guy. I wouldn't recommend them as a manual on how to take an AR apart and back though.


+1

Both of these books offer good info but don't have the detail that I think you are looking for.
FMJ  [Member]
12/3/2007 6:06:37 AM
Up Dated BLACK BOOK
Noah_Zark  [Team Member]
12/3/2007 11:44:37 AM

Originally Posted By shrikefan:
The AR-15 Complete Owners Guide and The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide

By: Walt Kuleck and Clint Mckee

Both great books. $20 a piece


IMO these are the best for daily how-to, use and maintenance. The second "Assembly" book is great for putting one together.

The other books mentioned are good in their own way, Sweeney's for "how can I trick it out" and the "Black Rifle" books for historical reference.

But for "how to" knowledge, the Kuleck/McKee books are inexpensive and have great content.

Noah
Molon  [Team Member]
12/3/2007 12:49:23 PM
There's no single book out there that is going to give you all the informationyou need. The above posters have all given some great suggestions. I'll just add a few to the list. . .







kevinR  [Team Member]
12/3/2007 5:54:09 PM

Originally Posted By Molon:
There's no single book out there that is going to give you all the informationyou need. The above posters have all given some great suggestions. I'll just add a few to the list. . .




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-Well out of all the books that you have there take out the need for builds what one would you guys suggest then? I figure since I already printed all of FALARAK's stuff on builds in the build it yourself forum it takes last place in the need column. The biggest thing that I want from this book is number one reason a resource book, number two, something that will make me a better shot with an AR. Everything else is a distant second but the more info the better.
mLeong  [Member]
12/3/2007 6:38:20 PM

Originally Posted By kevinR:
number two, something that will make me a better shot with an AR.


Save your money on books, buy ammo
mikecnorthwest  [Member]
12/3/2007 7:55:36 PM
I really like Sweeney's books, #1 and #2. I did not know about The Black Rifle... I'll have to take a look at those.
TexasAg  [Team Member]
12/3/2007 9:30:51 PM
Yep, I spend a small fortune on books too!
I like browsing Collectors Firearms in Houston....the firearms are overpriced, but they have an Excellent book section.
I keep Bruce Canfield and Collectors Publications in $$$$ Recently picked up the BAR book titled "Rock in a Hard Place....the Browning Automatic Rifle" for $70 (ouch!!!!)

KevinR...the Black Rifle and Black Rifle II pubs, are more historical in nature (weapon development, tests, use, modifications, etc.)

As mentioned above....
The AR-15 Complete Owners Guide by: Walt Kuleck and Scott Duff is a good reference and should meet your needs.

Take Care.....
endlesssummer  [Team Member]
12/3/2007 9:48:47 PM
I'd look into some dvd's or CD/ROMS for your computer...there are many out right now...I assembled my first lower using a topic posted here, while viewing it on my laptop on the bench...much easier to manipulate, and larger than a book....
kevinR  [Team Member]
12/10/2007 4:11:39 PM
Well my head is spinning now with all the choices that I have. What one would you all suggest? I made up my mind that since I have printed off all of FALARAK's tacked posts on how to build an AR 15 I really don't need the book for builds. What I would like to see in the book is:

-#1 (most important) - a resource / refrence book.

-#2 Points and tips to help me shoot the AR 15 better.

-#3 Information, information, and information.

- #4 History.

-#5 Anything else is a bonus.

-TIA.
BB868  [Member]
12/10/2007 5:10:29 PM
My favorite is the one by Duncan Long-The Ar-15/M16 a practical guide ( it's the green one on the right in Molon's photo ( great book collection BTW ))

but it was written in 1985 so nothing in it is up to date, but still a great read, and it's kind of funny to see established company's now, refered to new-just starting companys like Aimpoint and Bushmaster, and how flat top receivers were very rare.

I got this book back in highschool (85) some 10 years before I even owned an AR and still use the info in it from time to time
skipsan  [Member]
12/10/2007 5:22:32 PM

Originally Posted By kevinR:
Well my head is spinning now with all the choices that I have. What one would you all suggest? I made up my mind that since I have printed off all of FALARAK's tacked posts on how to build an AR 15 I really don't need the book for builds. What I would like to see in the book is:

-#1 (most important) - a resource / refrence book.

-#2 Points and tips to help me shoot the AR 15 better.

-#3 Information, information, and information.

- #4 History.

-#5 Anything else is a bonus.

-TIA.


Only one choice (in my opinion) and that's Black Rifle and Black Rifle II. Meets 4 out of 5 of your criterion. Nothing on Pt. #2, however. Will set you back about $120 for the two books.